Track Teams Wrap Up Busy Day at Oregon Invite

April 28, 2001

EUGENE - A total of 855 athletes traveled not only from around the Northwest, but even from around the world, to the biggest single-day collegiate stop of the Eugene track season, the Oregon Invitational.

The 10 1/2-hour affair featured a host of great performances, including the evening men's 5K finale which featured a trio of Japanese pacing Duck senior Michael Kasahun to his first NCAA qualifying mark. Olympian Toshinari Takaoka crossed the line first (13:46.23), just ahead of teammates Satoshi Irifune (second, 13:46.37) and Tohshihiro Iwasa (third, 13:53.94). Kasahun ran most of the first 12 of the 13 1/2 laps on their heels, and was rewarded with a 20-second personal best (fourth, 13:56.04) that also eclipsed the 14:07 NCAA provisional standard and earned him an invite to the Pac-10 Championships.

In the 800, junior Simon Kimata strided out to a two-second win and one-second season best (1:49.03) that missed the NCAA provisional mark by a mere .03 seconds. Arizona State's Brandon Strong followed in second (1:51.11), ahead of Oregon redshirt junior Ross Krempley (fourth, 1:51.55) who missed the Pac-10 qualifying standard by only .11 seconds.

Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler again stole the headlines in the field with his second meet above the 240-foot mark in the javelin, finishing second with a heave of 73.74 meters (241-11), trailing only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7).

Other noteworthy efforts from the Duck men included a first-place tie in the 110 hurdles between sophomore Terry Ellis and junior Micah Harris (14.14), a new personal best by junior Tim Overfield in the 400 hurdles (second, 51.74) that was just over a half-second shy of the NCAA provisional mark (51.20), a personal best in the morning section of the pole vault frp, junior Santiago Lorenzo (first, 16-0 3/4), who also won the morning section of the 110 hurdles (14.89w), an outdoor personal best in the shot put by almost 1 1/2 feet from senior Rian Ingrim (fourth, 56-7 1/4), top-five finishes from redshirt junior John Bello in the shot put (fifth, 56-5 3/4) and discus (third, 178-9), and a near-miss at a new personal best by redshirt sophomore Jake Horner who still tied his personal best (ninth, 6-8 3/4).

Aside from the Oregon highlights, other noteworthy wins were turned in by unattached entrants Corey Nelson (200, 20.89), Mike Miller (1,500, 3:41.54) and Ian Waltz (discus, 190-0), Montana State's Lyle Weese (steeplechase, 8:52.40), Utah State's David Hoffman (high jump, 7-3) and James Parker (hammer, 233-2), Club Northwest's Matt Phillips (pole vault, 17-8 1/2) and Arizona State's David Wood (shot put, 61-11 1/2).

Freshman Sarah Malone led the Oregon women's squad with a new personal best in the javelin by more than four feet (169-3) and continued to close in on the NCAA automatic mark of 172-3. Malone's mark Saturday also broke the school record for the three-year-old new implement (168-1) by more than a foot, set by All-American Karis Howell at the 2000 NCAA Championships in Duke.

On the Pac-10 front, several Duck youngsters added their first qualifying marks of the season.

Sophomore Eri Macdonald closed within a half-second of her personal best witih Saturday's conference qualifier (fourth, 2:09.19), while former Duck Christie Engesser-Cesar claimed the victory by almost three seconds and qualified for the USA Championships (first, 2:05.50). In the pole vault, Eugenean and freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle raised their personal bests to 12-1 1/2 to exactly equal the Pac-10 qualifying standard and tied for sixth overall. Also in the pole vault, junior Niki Reed missed her attempts at 13-5 3/4 amd a new school record but still finished second with an NCAA provisional mark (12-9 1/2).

Freshman Ann Sullivan improved her best in the 100 hurdles by .16 seconds with Saturday's winning mark (14.00), pacing season bests from freshman Olivia-Diane Callier (sixth, 14.88) and redshirt sophomore Lucretia Larkin (seventh, 14.96). Sullivan returned to lead the squad in the 400 hurdles (fourth, 1:02.03) with a new personal best that met the Pac-10 mark by .01 seconds.

Other strong Duck efforts came from sophomore Janette Davis (400, fourth, 55.81), freshman Annette Mosey (800, ninth, 2:12.73), senior Hanna Smedstad (1,500, ninth, 4:26.79), sophomore Amanda Brown (long jump, third, 18-10w), sophomore Jenny Brogdon and freshman Rachael Kriz (high jump, third/fourth, 5-6), freshman Dani Keyser (shot put, ninth, 41-8 1/2), sophomore Mary Etter (discus, first, 163-7), and season bests from the 4x100 (47.56) and 4x400 (3:47.63) relays.

Apart from the UO results, other noteworthy women's winning marks came courtesy of Robin Meagher of Pacific Storm (1,500 4:13.33), Becky Holliday of Clackamas (pole vault, 13-9 3/4), and Caroline Wittrin of the Kajaks Track Club (hammer, 193-8),

Looking ahead, large contingents of the UO men and women will travel to the Texas and Steve Scott Invitationals, respectively, next weekend, and a handful of Duck men and women's distance runners may also compete Friday at the Stanford Invitational.

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